Teachers use the term hidden curriculum to describe the things that are taught in addition to the subjects of the more formal curriculum. If you look at the the list of things learned by Robert Fulghum (author of “Everything I Need to Know I Learned at Kindergarten), you’ll see that most of them fall into what we would call the hidden curriculum.
In most of our lessons, we probably spend more time teaching what we often call “life skills” than we do teaching the formal subject. This is a conscious decision on our part. Our aim is to ensure that children progress to primary school with the underlying cognitive skills that will help them to enjoy school and succeed academically. Self-regulation, deliberate memory and focused attention are as, if not more, important than pre-academic skills.